WHSPPA is proud to be part of the JEA Mentoring program, sponsoring mentors in Wyoming.

The JEA Mentoring Program matches trained veteran advisers with individuals new to teaching journalism and advising student media to offer support and guidance during their initial years in scholastic journalism education. Through a personal relationship, mentors can share best practices and resources, model instructional strategies, observe lessons (in person or via video), collaborate in lesson planning and serve as a valuable connection to a professional learning community. The program focuses on giving new advisers a chance to ask questions, receive feedback and take positive risks, all while growing their programs and gaining a sense of comfort and confidence in their journalism teaching and advising.

The program is completely free and available to any journalism adviser in his or her first or second year of advising, even if not new to teaching.

Wyoming’s mentors are Katherine Patrick, CJE and Anita Marie Wertz, MJE, both retired newspaper and yearbook advisers.If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a mentor – or if you know of someone who is just taking on the role of a publications adviser, please contact one of the mentors directly.

Katherine Patrick,   email – kpatrick@email.com

Anita Marie Wertz, email – anitamariewertz@gmail.com

For more information about the JEA Mentor Program, visit its website at jeamentoring.org.


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